Moore welcomes fall in unemployment in Scottish Borders

The number of Borderers claiming unemployment benefits fell by 113 last month and is 480 fewer than April last year.

The figures, released on Wednesday morning, have been welcomed by Michael Moore MP.

He said: “The drop in unemployment in the Borders is good news for those trying to find work in the local area, and shows that the job market is starting to return to pre-recession levels after some difficult years.

“The employment market has been supported by the Government’s campaign to increase job opportunities for young people by helping to create apprenticeships.”

Mr Moore added: “The hard work of local employers in the Borders is beginning to pay off, however, we must remember that both the local economy and job market are still fragile and there is still a lot more work to be done.”

In mid-April 1,647 people were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance locally, 2.4 per cent of those of working age in the Borders.